For those who are salivating at the chance to use the Murder of George Tiller to attack Christians or defend the killer, let me quote the relevant passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

II. Good Acts and Evil Acts

1755 A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, and of the circumstances together. An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting “in order to be seen by men”).
The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts – such as fornication – that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)

As the passage above shows, the church never defends such an act (sorry lefties), nor can a believing Catholic attempt to defend it. The other McCain is exactly right on this. It is true that abortion is akin to murder but it is even more true that murder is akin to murder. Justifying it is no different than Groucho’s telling Mrs. Claypool that he was with another woman because she reminded him of her.

It reminds one of the fetus isn’t human nonsense, lets avoid such stuff altogether. It’s simply doubletalk without the greasepaint mustache.

For all of those who try to make the Abortion compromise business as the president suggested or argue about “hey how can you vote for War and be Catholic” lets play the “Safe legal Rare game”:

You can use that phrase with the word “War”

War should be “Safe”…for civilians.

“Legal” because a country has to right to defend itself or defend its future.

and “Rare” because War should never be the first resort.

Ok now try that with:

Slavery, or Torture, or genocide.

You can’t use that phrase with it because they are intrinsic evils. The same is true of abortion. It just doesn’t work.

This is the argument that should come out every time. This and Nordlinger’s question on why should Abortion be rare if it isn’t wrong?

Update: Added links